After presenting her Spring collection at the Apollo Theater in Harlem,
Malandrino migrated downtown to a raw space in the meat-packing district
next to the infamous Hogs & Heifers baran appropriate location for her
Western-themed Fall collection, titled "Wanted."
The show certainly did not want for theatricality. The models made their
exits with deeply smudged eyes and masses of tumbleweed hair in a variety of
blouses that were shirred, tucked, embroidered, smocked and otherwise
embellished. These were
paired with equally elaborate trousers, the most notable of which was the
signature Wanted pant: low-waisted, ruched, laced and so wide-bottomed at
the foot that they swept the floor. The leather appliqué pants were
strong, as were some of the coats.
Some of the looks presented (including the aforementioned pants) were from
Malandrino's new limited-edition series, which she hopes customers will
collect as if they were works of art. At times, though, the show was in need
of less art and more reality. As much as the designer sought "the feeling of
getting lost in a wild plain," there were moments when it seemed as if she
ended up on the set of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman instead.